Leeds, United Kingdom
I am a highly regarded and experienced lawyer with an exceptional track record of defending my client’s interests. My practice areas include Health and Safety, environmental issues, product liability, road traffic cases and general criminal work. I also has expertise in road transport cases, having prosecuted for VOSA (now the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) for nine years. I am frequently praised by my clients for my support and guidance, as I take the time to make sure that all of my clients are fully up to date with proceedings. I have carved out a niche area of expertise, namely defending directors, senior managers and employees in health and safety cases, and am regularly asked to speak on the subject. I have been described by two leading Queen’s Counsel as a ‘first class solicitor’, and ‘exceptionally hardworking and determined in the pursuit of his client’s interests’.
1991 - 1994
Defence of a chairman of a public company (FTSE 250) for alleged personal contravention of a health and safety Improvement Notice. HSE case failed after pre-trial submissions.
Successful defence of a businessman accused of permitting his land to be used as an illegal waste management site.
Instructed to represent a man post-conviction, in relation to POCA proceedings where the benefit from criminal conduct alleged to be in excess of £6.5 million. Ordered to pay £350,000.
Defence of the company in relation to an allegation of an unsafe system of work where an individual was crushed by a reversing lorry. Case kept in the magistrates court with a £12,000 fine.
Established and runs The North Eastern Regulatory Lawyers (NERL) Group.